Friday, 21 November 2014

How To Save Your Own Life When Choking

I speak from experience, when I share this information. I hope you will find it useful and remember it if you ever need it. I was taught this method in my grade 11 Biology class from my teacher, Mr. Johnson, and a few years later it saved me from choking. (See you can learn things in school that can be useful later in life. hehe)

What happened to me was that I was eating dinner and my Dad was telling me funny stories and jokes and I laughed at something. Unfortunately, I had food in my mouth and the intake of air as I laughed sucked the food down my throat. I could no longer get any air in, to be able to cough the food back out. I was seriously choking. I got up from the kitchen table and went into our dining room where the fancy dining room set had round backed chairs. My Dad starting pounding me on the back, which can sometimes lodge the food in worse, so I was trying to avoid his help. He meant well and was trying to help me, though. I managed to shove the rounded back of the chair up under my ribs and the food came flying out, just as I had been instructed in school. Thanks to Mr. Johnson.

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Try to have at least one chair in your home with a rounded back to it, something similar to the chairs in the photographs as this shape will work best for this maneuver. You need to shove the back of the chair up under your rib cage, causing the diaphragm to force the air trapped in your lungs out, which will cause the food to shoot out of your throat. Don't be too gentle when doing this, or you may have to repeat the process. After all, time is not exactly on your side, when you are seriously choking. 

Please try to store this in the memory banks of your mind, so that you can access it later, if you ever need it. I hope you never do, though. 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Lip Liner Article

If you would like to learn how to apply lip liner or how to make Baby Doll lips or Ombre lips, then please check out this article at Metromela:

The editors changed the order around of the original article, so some things are a little off. For instance, they moved a paragraph that describes the picture above it, so that the picture is now below it, so it might seem a little odd when you read it. Once I send in my article, the editors can play around with it and change it however they like, which isn't always for the best, but it's out of my hands. Please keep this in mind when reading it. Thank you. 


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Crafting MMO - No PVP - No PVE - FREE for limited time

Well, if you are anything like me, you want to play something for free or cheap as possible. haha I also don't like fighting, but love crafting things, especially when I can help other players. This game covers all of that.

A Tale in the Desert

The game goes through cycles (I do believe 18 months) called Tales. They are at the end of the current tale (VI) and it will be a couple of months before the new tale is ready. Right now the game is free to play, which is a great way to discover if you will like the game enough to continue when the new tale starts. It was less than $12 for an entire month of play previously -let's face it that's cheaper than a night out at the movies which you are only entertained for 2 hours (if that). I do not know what the cost will be when the new tale begins, but I don't think it will be a huge change in price if any.

If the sounds of this interests you then download it from the link below and grab hold of the wiki (you will need it). There is so much going on in the game and so much that can be done you really need the wiki to figure things out.

A Tale in the Desert

Download link:

This game takes place in Ancient Egypt. There are 15 different designated areas on the map that you can choose to live in. Look for the beginner guides in the wiki for more help. The people are very friendly and helpful, so don't be shy about asking for help. There is a good co-operative atmosphere amongst the players as you have to rely on each other to accomplish some things in the game. You can join guilds (yes, more than one) that can be of help to you, just ask for a newbie guild to join when you start up. Or if you are like me, just start playing the game and find an isolated spot to set up on and learn as you go. It's slower that way, so not too overwhelming, but you may make a few errors along the way, I certainly have. hahaa

You can be male or female in the game and there are a few outfits you can choose from and customize slightly. You can change your outfit anytime you like during play. After you finish the tutorial, you will get tests (quests) that appear as a tab near your items and skill tabs. Use these to figure out what you need to learn and do next. Visit the schools and universities often to learn more skills and gain more abilities. 

Take your time when choosing an area to live in and make sure it is suited to your wants. Some areas are more lively than others. You will be very limited with what you can do until you build your compound, but don't rush into building one right away. Find a good area with sand, mud, dirt, clay, grass and silt deposits nearby. Be aware that others need quite a bit of space, so don't build too close to another player, unless you have their permission. Afterall, you don't want them to build their things where you are, so return the kindness. There is plenty of empty space.

Travel between areas has been made quicker and easier by using the Chariot Stations (pictured above). These will allow you to move instantly to any area that is next to the one you are in. Travel is free for about 2 minutes, then you have to wait around 8 minutes for the next free window to open. You can use your travel time which accumulates when you run around and can be collected when you are offline. I have about 5 days of travel time available and it cost a couple of hours of that time to use the Chariot Station (CS) if I don't want to wait for the free use. It is a good way to travel, especially when you need to visit every University of Worship in each section to collect your packet of free vegetable seeds. Be sure to visit all of them, as you can only get the free veggie seeds once from each University of Worship. 

So, if crafting is your thing and free is your thing, then I highly recommend giving this MMO a trial right now. I hope you enjoy the game.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Article on Fall Fashion

Check out what's in and on the streets this fall for fashion.

Please click this link to read the article from Metromela:

Thank you and I hope you enjoy the article.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Fibromyalgia Video

If you or anyone you know suffers from Fibromyalgia, then you will benefit from watching this informative video. This is also a good tool to use to help you with your illness and to help those that do not understand what you are going through. Please take the time to watch the video and I hope it is useful for you.

Link:  Fibromyalgia: It's Real, It's Managable, What You Can Do

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Ball Gown Wedding Dresses Article

Here is my attempt at writing an article for Ball Gown Wedding Dresses, there are some gorgeous gowns out there, that's for sure. Please click the link to see the article and all those dresses:

I hope I did alright, as I have never had a wedding, I have no idea what's it's like to be a bride. haha

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

An Article on Mehndi Designs

Sometimes writing articles can be a challenge, as this latest article that I wrote was. I have written an article on Mehndi Designs and had to research on the subject to learn about it, before I could write about it. It was fun learning about some of the history and symbolism that are included in these gorgeous designs. I know that this trend is growing in the west and is sometimes seen as a temporary tattoo. I hope you enjoy this article. Here is the link:

Monday, 29 September 2014

Two Right Gloves

Well, this was unexpected and made me laugh. After opening a package of rubber gloves for doing dishes with, I discovered they were both right hand gloves. haha

Good old Safeway, nice quality control. It is a pair of gloves, as it says on the package, just not for someone that has a right and left hand. lol

If they were reversible it wouldn't be a problem, but they are designed with little grip action areas and are curved to fit a right hand. Too bad. haha

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Potato Duck

For a bit of fun, my son thought this potato looked like a baby duck and wanted me to include it on my here it is...

Unfortunately, Potato Duck is no longer with us, we ate him as part of our potato salad. :-(
He was after all just a potato.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Wavy Hair Article

Okay, this is my latest article for Metromela on trendy hair styles this upcoming fall, for women with thick, wavy hair. See if you can spot the editing changes they have made. hahaha  <-- click the link

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Eastern Style Potatoes and Beans

The picture might not look overly appetizing, but this is a very tasty dish. It is vegetarian as well and fairly simple to make.

Eastern Style Potatoes and Beans

5 medium sized Potatoes, cut in thick chunks
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Dried Crushed Chili
3 green onions, sliced
1 -400g can Red Kidney Beans (doesn't have to be exact)
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Tahini

Boil the potatoes in a medium sized pot until they are tender, but not overcooked. Drain and reserve them.

In a large wok, stir-fry the green onion in the oil with the chili and garlic for approximately one minute. Add the potatoes and stir well. Add the beans and stir again. Pour on the soy sauce and tahini and mix thoroughly. Cook for a further 5 minutes or longer until everything is heated thoroughly.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Corn and Potato Chowder

Corn and Potato Chowder

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
3 medium sized potatoes, skinned and chopped
1 small green bell pepper, seeded, sliced into small pieces
4 cups vegetable broth or stock
salt and ground black pepper (to taste)
1 1/4 cups milk
1 can Romano beans
1 cup frozen corn or 1 can of corn
good pinch dried sage
1/2 good pinch dried thyme

In a large sauce pan, melt the oil and butter together. Put the chopped onion, garlic, potatoes and green pepper in and heat until sizzling. Turn the heat down to low and cover to sweat the vegetables for 10 minutes. Occasionally shake the pan during this time to prevent sticking.

Pour in the vegetable broth or stock and season with the salt and black pepper. Turn the heat up to medium high and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to low again, cover and simmer gently for about 15 minutes.

Add the milk, beans and corn including their liquors. Add the sage and thyme and stir to mix. Simmer again for at least 10 minutes or until corn is heated thoroughly. Serve hot.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Hairstyles to Wear with a Saree - Article

Keeping busy writing more articles. Please click the link to the latest one that's been published:

Please keep in mind that my articles are edited and they do make changes, not all of them I agree with and unfortunately, the changes they often make are incorrect. I try to get errors fixed as best I can but it's not always possible as I don't find out until after the article has been published. I am usually greatly puzzled when they create errors in the article. Oh well, c'est la vie! ;-)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Braids for Short Hair Article

And yet another article that I have written for Metromela, India's favourite online fashion magazine. Please click the link to see the whole thing:

Saturday, 5 July 2014

10 Different Hairstyles Article

Wanting to change up your hairstyle without having to cut it? Then check out this article from Metromela:

I've been busy as this is another article from Metromela that I have done. Hope you enjoy it! :-)

Friday, 4 July 2014

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

You can make these muffins with raisins instead of chocolate chips if you prefer.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 cup oatmeal
1 cup boiling water

In a small bowl, mix and let stand for 20 minutes.

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs well beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips or raisins

In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter. Add the eggs and beat together. In another bowl stir together all the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chips or raisins to the dry ingredients and mix. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir well. Add the vanilla. Gently stir in the oatmeal.

Bake in a muffin tin at 375F for 20-25 minutes.

Nom, nom, nom! 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Eyeliner Application Article

Please check out my latest article on eyeliner application with Metromela, there are tutorials included.

Here is the link:

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Wedding Hairstyles Article

My second article for Metromela has been published, so I thought I would share it here if you are interested in seeing it. Please click the link:

Metromela - 15 Amazing Wedding Hairstyles

Friday, 13 June 2014

Ombre Hair Update

Well, as you can see the Splat hair colour has faded horribly. I have to be honest, the stuff is a nightmare, at least the Lusty Lavender colour I used is. Every time my hair got wet, even in the rain, the dye ran out of it. It continued to fade constantly and I followed the instruction that said this colour would last much longer than it has. In my opinion Splat hair colour is a waste of money. It is awful to work with and doesn't last.

Luckily, my son's friend Jesalynn bought me other purple hair dye, that I had kept to replenish this look after it had faded. I just wasn't expecting to have to use it so soon. She bought me Manic Panic in Electric Amethyst! What difference in hair colouring! Compared to Splat this Manic Panic is a joy to work with. It went on nicely and the end resulting colour is far superior!

I think I should have applied more of the dye to my hair, but I'm a cheapskate and wanted to get more than use out of the dye. ;-) Manic Panic wasn't as thin and runny as the Splat was when applying it, so that was much nicer to work with. The colour I ended up with was actually purple, not a bright pink as it had been with the Splat. I have also found the Manic Panic doesn't run every time it gets wet either.
So, if you are looking to dye your hair a funky colour, I would personally recommend using the Manic Panic rather than the Splat.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Coconut Raspberry Squares

These squares are very sweet and crumbly. You may want to let them set after they bake before you cut them. They seemed to hold together better after being refrigerated overnight.

Coconut Raspberry Squares

1 cup  flour
1/2 cup  butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/2  cup raspberry jam
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups coconut
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine the flour, first amount of butter, milk, baking powder and first egg in a mixing bowl. Spread this mixture evenly into a greased 9"x9" pan. 

Spread the raspberry jam over the mixture in the pan.

In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar and second egg until frothy. Add coconut, melted butter and vanilla in the bowl and beat together well. Spread this coconut mixture over the layer of raspberry jam. 

Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. 

These tend to stick to the sides of the pan a wee bit, so you might want to cut them away from the sides fairly soon after baking, by running a knife along the edges to separate them. If you find they are too sweet you can always cut the amount of sugar you use down by 1/2 and it won't affect the recipe. Happy baking!

Saturday, 7 June 2014


These Brownies are delicious and make quite a few. You can leave the walnuts out if you want.


1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Melt the butter in medium sized saucepan. When the butter is thoroughly melted remove from heat. Blend in the cocoa. Add in the sugar, eggs and vanilla mixing well. Pour in the dry ingredients and nuts and mix thoroughly.

Pour the batter into a greased 13x9 inch pan. Bake at 350F for 30 or 35 minutes. Let cool when done.

(Sorry the picture is a little blurry.) Here they are cut into squares. Yummy!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Promoting MetroMela

Life has been busy lately and among other things I have been given the opportunity to be a freelance writer for MetroMela an online fashion magazine. Here is the link to their site:

Cover photo 
My first article has been published and can be found here: Beginners Guide How to do Nail Art 

I hope you will take the time to check them out. Thanks. :-)

Friday, 25 April 2014

31 Day Nail Art Challenge

I have been busy doing a new nail art look for everyday this month! Boy, does it take up a lot of my time, so it'll be a while before I attempt something like this again. I am on Day Twenty-five today, but I thought I'd share some photos of my most popular looks that I have created so far. You can always check out this link directly to my blog: My Nail Art Hobby

Day Two Orange:
 I tried to make Monarch Butterfly Wings.

Day Eight Metallic:
I call this Copper Weave and I had to do all the lines very slowly as my brain kept mixing which direction they went.

Day Twelve Stripes:
Pastel colours with silver stripes. A nice look for spring.

Day Twenty-one Inspired by Colour:
I did a colour block look for day twenty-one's challenge.

Anyway, that is just some highlights I thought I would share. Hope you like them and if you are interested in more designs please check out the link to my blog posted at the top of this page. :-)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

I'm Dreaming of a White Easter??!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... Ha! Yes, we have snow once again. Just when I had put the boots away and was able to wear shoes outside, I have to return to boots again. It's a little sad.
It is supposed to snow all day but hopefully it'll melt soon and if we are really lucky this will be the last snowfall of the season. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed anyway...

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Step Three (Day Three) Ombre Hair -Complete

I must be honest, this last and final step to getting purple hair was awful. I was somewhat successful with the results, but I won't do it again. At least not using Splat!

The bleaching I did yesterday was messy, but the colouring was horrific! The dye itself was the thinnest, runniest liquid I have ever used to dye my hair. The dye dripped everywhere and dyed everything instantly, except for my hair! My counter is now purple in spots, my skin is purple and it won't wash off! I only wish my hair was the colour my skin has now become. I would be happier.

I saturated my hair with the purple dye and let it sit for 30 minutes according to the instructions. I then got in the shower and rinsed my hair out, as it says to do, until the water runs clear. The water did not run clear.  When the water was as good as I thought I could get it, I shampooed, as per the instructions and even more dye came out and took ages to run semi-clear. At that stage, I decided to condition my hair because of all the damage it was suffering through and even more dye came out. After 15 minutes of rinsing my hair out, I gave up that it would ever run clear. The dye being rinsed out also made my tub extremely slippery! I am sure the dye will run out every time my hair gets wet until I cut it off. :-/

Any drips that occurred after towel drying my hair, dripped dye onto my clothes, floor and even a wall, as I must have shaken my head at some point. I had to run around cleaning up the drips the best I could. What a nightmare!

If you choose to use Splat hair colour, I suggest you use towels and clothes that you are prepared to throw out in the garbage. I am too terrified to put them in the wash, as I figure it will dye everything in the wash and more than likely a few loads of laundry after that.

**WARNING-Frightening pictures of me below. Proceed with caution.** 

As you can see, I have achieved an ombre look, but it seems more of a dark pink to me, rather than the purple I had wanted.
Not the best pictures, sorry, but they are selfies so it's the best I could do. I tried to take this one in the sunlight, to hopefully see the colours better.
And one from the front, my hair is not styled, as I want to minimize the damage as much as possible and again no make up. I am wearing a high collared shirt to hide the purple dye all over my neck, chest and shoulders. ugh.

Before and After Photos:
Well, how badly do you think my hair turned out? Do you think you'd try this yourself? If you attempt this, you might want to try something other than Splat. If you have used Splat and didn't have these problems I'd like to know how it went for you. Thanks for reading. :-)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Step Two (Day Two) Ombre Hair

So, today I have bleached the bottom half of my hair and oh my gosh what a mess. The bleach comes with the Splat kit and it is quite a messy ordeal. You have to mix the bleach and the powder spilled a bit into my sink, but I managed to scoop some of it back and get it into the bottle.
Be sure if you do this to be in a well ventilated area as the smell, is well atrocious. It is bleach after all.
I divided my hair up in two sides bringing it forward from the back and applied all the bleach to the bottom sections. I then wrapped each side in a few pieces of plastic wrap and tried to hold it in place with some hair ties. I left it on for an hour as per the instructions as I have dark hair.

**WARNING: Pictures of me without make-up below. Proceed with caution.** haha

Here is the result. The bleached area of my hair is now a frizzy, tangled horror! I did not blow dry my hair, but let it dry naturally. And it's not very blonde, more of a strawberry blonde, meaning orangey.
Here's hoping the purple will take over the bleach and look good, because right now I find it a wee bit frightening. hahaha